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What documents do I need to obtain a driver's license or ID card with the Star?

Acceptable Documents


To establish Identity, the applicant must provide one of the following source documents:

  • Valid, unexpired U.S. Passport
  • Certified copy of a birth certificate.
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Form FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545.
  • Valid, unexpired Permanent Resident Card (Form I-551).
  • Unexpired employment authorization document (EAD), Form I-766 or Form I-688B. (additional document from list required)
  • Unexpired foreign passport with a valid, unexpired U.S. visa affixed accompanied by the approved I-94 form documenting the applicant's most recent admittance into the United States. (additional document from list required)
  • Certificate of Naturalization, Form N-550 or Form N-570.
  • Certificate of Citizenship, Form N-560 or Form N-561.
  • REAL ID driver's license or identification card issued in another state. (additional document from list required)
  • Such other documents as Department of Homeland Security may designate by notice published in the Federal Register.

Note: If you chose a document that does not contain your photo (such as a birth certificate), an additional acceptable photo identity document will be required.

Applicants who have established names through marriage, adoption, court order, or other mechanisms, are required to provide evidence of the name change through appropriate court or government documents.

Applicants must provide an original SSN card or one of the following acceptable documents:

  • Your non-laminated Social Security card
  • W-2 form
  • Social Security Administration Form 1099
  • Non-Social Security Administration Form 1099
  • Pay stub with your name and Social Security number on it

Again, photocopies and faxes of these documents will NOT be accepted.

Applicant must provide two documents. Documents must display the applicant’s name and principal Idaho residence address. Acceptable documents include:

Acceptable Documents
ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED COPY DATED WITHIN 60 DAYS ORIGINAL OR CERTIFIED COPY OF LAST ISSUED DOCUMENT
Lease/rental agreement, mortgage or deed Court documents
Record from a public utility for service address, i.e. power bill, water bill, trash and sewer bill (cell phone bills will not be accepted) Record of property taxes assessed or paid (receipt date within one year
Bank or credit card statement A vehicle insurance liability card, binder or bill issued by an IDAHO-BASED carrier
Paycheck, paystubs or employment records  
Idaho school enrollment records or student ID (no college ID)  
Motel, hotel, campground or RV park receipt showing 30 days of residency  
Military Leave and Earning Statement (LES) to evidence Idaho residency of applicant deployed outside of Idaho while serving on active duty  
Relief Agency or Shelter Certification  
Property Owner Residency Affidavit  

The residential address you supply must be a street or highway address. It may not be a post office box. In areas where a number and street name have not been assigned, an address convention used by the U.S. Postal Service is acceptable.

Additional information about appropriate documents


A U.S. passport will be accepted only as proof of identify and date of birth. You will also be required to provide additional documents to verify:

  • Social Security number
  • Idaho residency

No, for Star Card purposes, an out-of-state license (even one marked REAL ID compliant) cannot be used to verify your identity on its own, however it can be used as an acceptable photo identity document (see Acceptable Documents). You will still be required to provide documents that verify your:

  • Identity
  • Social Security number
  • Idaho residency

However, you should still bring your out-of-state or Idaho driver's license or ID card to the driver’s license issuance site when you appear for issuance. Your old license or card will be punched and can be used as a backup to your temporary paper license or ID card if you need to fly commercially before your new ID or license arrives in the mail.

Additionally, an out-of-state license may help avoid the driving test when applying for a new Idaho driver's license of the same class and endorsements.

Federal regulations require all persons that want a Star Card to have their identity, date of birth, Social Security number, residential address, and lawful status re-verified before being issued the card.

If your name is different than the one shown on your birth certificate or other document used to establish identity and date of birth, you must complete an affidavit of name change. You will need to provide one or more of the following certified documents as acceptable proof of a legal name change:

  • Certified marriage certificate(s) meeting Idaho standards
  • Certified divorce document(s)
  • Adoption record
  • Court name-change documents(s)

If you have been married multiple times, you will have to provide the documents for each marriage and divorce if your current name is different than the name on your birth certificate. Again the documents must be certified.

Visit a federal Social Security Administration office to obtain a card. More information is available on the SSA’s website: www.ssa.gov.

If you were born in Idaho, contact the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Vital Records Department. Information on how to obtain certified copies is available via the http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/VitalRecordsandHealthStatistics/VitalRecords/tabid/1506/Default.aspx

If you were born outside of Idaho, contact your birth state’s vital statistics office or utilize one of several for-profit companies to purchase it. For information on where to write for vital records in other states, visit the National Association for Public Health Statistics and Information Systems (NAPHSIS) website: https://www.naphsis.org/.

As long as the original documents are on file with the DMV, you won’t have to provide them more than once. The Star will remain on your card every time you renew it. However, a person that is a foreign national with temporary lawful status has to establish lawful status at each renewal.

Your card will read “limited term” and be valid for the period of your lawful stay in the United States.

Verification is a guard against document and identity fraud. It means the Idaho Transportation Department must check with the agency or authority that issued the document to make sure it is valid.

Idaho uses Social Security Online Verification (SSOLV) to verify Social Security information and Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) to verify immigration documents and status. Systems to verify birth record information and state driver's license information are expected to become available in the future.